Good Questions: What Should I Do With This Coffee Table?

Good Questions: What Should I Do With This Coffee Table?

Gregory Han
Jul 10, 2009

Hi Apartment Therapy,
Ever since I started looking for a place of my own I always looked to your site for inspiration. I just bought this retro coffee table and I want to take in the task of restoring it I am not sure what to do. Did I mention this is my first attempt at a DIY project. I am super excited and can't wait to get started. I would like any ideas on what I should do and most importantly what I should buy. I appreciate any thoughts. -Griselda

Hi Griselda, we think you'll be able to bring that coffee table back to life with a moderate amount of effort and investment. All you'll need is some sanding tools (we recommend using a plug-in hand sander to ease the elbow grease part of refinishing), some stain, and brushes. The process is actually pretty easy; we did it ourselves awhile ago and you can follow our own DIY project where we took a curbside find into a piece we're proud of:

We think lining the inside with decorative wallpaper, a contrasting colour or modern-style wall tiles could give your coffee table a whole new look too.

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